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Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible' – Audrey Hepburn

Peach Season!

Good morning!

It is the season where peaches are at their best! And as I love to eat them whole, I often… Almost always end up having some left as they are ripe and becoming a little too ripe. That’s why I am always on the search for extra recipes to include peaches in order to avoid wasting them.

This time, I decided to use them in a wonderful summer salad! And it turned out delicious.

peach salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of fresh spinach
  • 3 peaches
  • 3 corn on the cob
  • 1 red onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 6 Tsp sunflower seeds
  • Feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 5 Tsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basilic leaves (or fresh if you have them on hand)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

 

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil in a pot. Once boiling, add the corn on the cob and bring to boil again. Once it reaches boiling level, lower the heat and let the corn simmer 6 to 8 minutes. Then, place the corn in cold water to cool.
  2. Place the spinach in a salad bowl.
  3. Cut the peach in quarters and remove the skin. Then, slice each quarter in slices. Since I don’t like to have too big pieces in my salad, I cut the slices in the middle. Add to the salad.
  4. Cut thin slices of the red onions and add to the salad.
  5. Take the corn from the water and cut along the cob and place the corn with the other ingredients.
  6. Chop the garlic and add to the rest.
  7.  Add the sunflower seeds.
  8.  Add Feta cheese, in small dice.
  9. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing, pour on the salad and mix.
  10. Serve immediately.

Enjoy! I really enjoyed mine 🙂

Recipe #4 : New-England Clam Chowder for the First Timer!

For a couple of months now, I have been craving that New-England Clam Chowder. That rich, creamy broth with clams and potatoes… I just love it! But then again, you have to enjoy seafood, because it does contain clams and clam juice! 😉

Home-Made Clam Chowder
Home-Made Clam Chowder

Here is how I made my Chowder:

– 2 onions,  diced
– Flour about 2 spoons
– 3 big potatoes, diced in about 1cm of width
– 1 stick of celeri, diced
– 4 garlic cloves, chopped
– 2 cans of clams, without the juice
– 2 bottles of clam juice
– 2 1/2 cups of milk (I used 1% milk)
– 1 1/2 cups of cream 18%
– 3 T spoons of corn starch
– 1/2 cup of chicken broth   (you could also use vegetable broth, but I usually just use chicken broth instead of adding salt to soups)
– 3 bay leaves
– Salt and pepper, at taste

1. In order to clean the clams, I rinced them out in water and vinegar for about 20 minutes. Be careful to rinse well the clams after! I didn’t do a good job here and could still taste the vinegar a bit. 

2. In a pot, grill the onions with garlic in butter until the onions are sort of see-through. add salt and pepper and cover lightly with flour. Keep cooking for about a minute, while mixing. Add the clam juice and bring to boil.

3. Add the milk, the chicken broth, the celery and the potatoes and let simmer about 20 minutes, until the potatoes start to get tender. Add the bay leaves as well.

4. Add the corn starch to the cream, and add cream to the rest of the chowder, then add the clams. Let simmer a couple minutes and adjust seasoning.

Serve with croûtons or oyster crackers. You can also serve it with bacon, if you desire.

Bon appetit!

MarieMajorelle

Thought of the day #8

Once again, just makes you reflect on how so many things go through your head, but no one will ever know or realize. They’re just thoughts. What matters is where you brings those thoughts into actions, that will make you progress.

Thought of the Day #7

Choose to see the good stuff

I still haven’t found the reason why we as humans are so negative! It just seems to be so much easier to poke out the bad rather than seeing the good. Focus on the good stuff to make your life better, and to feel better about your life.

Thought of the Day #6

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try

It is so easy to say “I can’t do it”. There are way too many situations we face where we don’t feel like we are up for it. However, we have been given a great gift to be able to make decisions for our own. Deciding to try is a step closer to succeeding. In fact, you won’t succeed without trying, so by trying, you definitely will live by way more success. It all begins with the will to try, so let’s do it! 🙂

How to be a More Positive You

1. Enjoy your job. 

I realize that some people truly enjoy their job, but most people just do it because you have to, but really don’t have interest into it. To love your job, you have to be in a positive atmosphere, love the people you work with, have a somewhat challenging tasks and flexibility.

2. Become the most positive person of your entourage

Positive attracts positive. You want to see positive around you, become what you want to attract.

3. Always try to improve

Instead of thinking of how bad or wrong something went, focus on how to make that thing better, what would you do different if you were to re-live that moment.

4. Focus on success

Of course, bad stuff always happens! What matters is to not focus on those stuff, but to consider them and stay on track with what went well!

5. Make decisions

Don’t rely on other people. If you want to do something, go for it! If you wait for others, you will be wasting a lot of your life “waiting”.

Decisions are hard to take sometimes, and they won’t make everyone happy. However, you will be more disappointed in yourself and more miserable by not taking the risk of making a decision.

Thought of the Day #5

I should have posted this one before, but given that it is on my front page of my blog, I obviously embrace Audrey Hepburn’s words. We often say something we want to do is impossible. We should remind our mind that we are far more capable to succeed than we give ourself credit for. Next time, before saying it’s impossible, believe in yourself.

Marie

Thought of the day #4

Education matters.

Education doesn’t mean to necessarily go to university. It is obviously what we all wish for our children, but it is not mandatory for everyone.

Education goes further than schooling. Education to mean means to know stuff in general. To read, to understand and to critically think the world surrounding us.

Books makes you smarter, it gives you the capacity to reflect, and to see pictures where there is no images.

Marie

Say Cheese!

I have finally been through booking my dentist appointment and just recently came back from my annual check up. I say annual check up, although I haven’t been to the dentist for over 3 years since the previous time. I know, a lot of shame on me. I’m aware.

I have a thing about my teeth, there was a lot of money put into my mouth as I was growing up and I think it made me more conscious of the value of your smile. For as long as I can remember, I have never ever been to bed without brushing my teeth. I even remember waking up at night after finishing a movie on which I fell asleep and getting all my energy together to go brush my teeth, in order to sleep peacefully. Nights camping as well, still do it. Even nights camping in the rain, still do it!

After not going for the dentist for so long, a part of me was worried that my teeth health would pay for my neglect, but I got to pay in other ways. I must say the scaling is pretty painful when you have accumulated tartar this long. I can tolerate that kind of pain decently, maybe because of all the work that was put into my mouth growing up. Soon, I heard the best words I can hear from the dentist : no cavities!! Woohoo! Pretty proud about this. 25 years of oral hygiene still pay off! 😀


Interesting stuff I found out while at the dentist :

– Flossing is more important than teeth brushing. Oops!! Gotta keep workingon that. In other words, a toothbrush is a tool that could be replaced with anything from the environment if needed and it would do a decent job. However, the floss is much harder to find in your environment and therefore, it is to be privileged for that reason!

– Your mouth either produce more tartar or more cavities. I am super glad to know that I produce tartar over cavities, this seems better to me. Neither is ideal, but tartar is easier to deal with than cavities are.

– It is possible to be an adult and not to have had any cavities through your life. I am the proof and I am proud of it!


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